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November 27, 2014

Prompted by pressure from conservative groups, the referendum could set back the cause of LGBT rights in the predominantly Roman Catholic country

Slovakian President Andrej Kiska has announced that the country will hold a referendum on same-sex marriage in early 2015.

The referendum will take place despite the fact that the country approved a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in June 2014. However, it's believed that the vote could further halt advances in LGBT rights in the region.

November 26, 2014

'I think people ought to have the freedom to choose their own life path'

Australian Senator David Leyonhjelm today (26 November) introduced his long-awaited gay marriage bill in parliament.

The straight Liberal Democrat told the upper house that he supported gay marriage 'because I think people ought to have the freedom to choose their own life path.'

'To most people, marriage equality means the right to get married irrespective of gender or sexual preference,' he said.

'But it is much more than that; it is the right to live your life as you choose and not have the government impose a particular view on you.'

November 26, 2014

Ceremony is Rio de Janeiro state's fifth such event since 2011

Rio de Janeiro married 160 LGBTI couples on Sunday (23 November) in what the state hailed as 'the largest collective same-sex civil wedding ceremony in the world.'

The event was the fifth mass gay wedding organized by state program Rio Without Homophobia and the state court, which have married a total 500 LGBTI couples.

'It is an affirmative action to call attention to all of the achievements and challenges in the area of civil and human rights of the LGBT community,' Cláudio Nascimento, coordinator of Rio Without Homophobia, told Agência Brasil.

November 26, 2014

But no marriages yet as ruling put on hold pending possible appeal

A federal judge struck down Arkansas' ban on gay marriage on Tuesday (25 November) then placed a stay on the ruling to give the state an opportunity to appeal.

The stay means no marriages can take place between same-sex couples - yet.

US District Judge Kristine Baker stated in her ruling that even though the state's 2004 ban was approved by voters, that 'does not immunize it from federal constitutional scrutiny.'

Baker ruled in a lawsuit filed by two same-sex couples who sued on the grounds that the ban was in violation of the US Constitution.

November 26, 2014

'The court concludes that Mississippi’s same-sex marriage ban deprives same-sex couples and their children of equal dignity under the law'

Another barrier has been swept away. At least for now.

Today, 25 November, US District Court Judge Carlton W. Reeves ruled against Mississippi's amendment banning same-sex marriage.

November 24, 2014

Baja California officials then find 'inconsistencies' in the paperwork

The first gay wedding in the Mexican state of Baja California had to be postponed again after a registry official refused to perform the ceremony and then announced a bomb threat.

After a 19-month legal battle, hairstylists Victor Aguirre Espinoza, 43, and Fernando Urias Amparo, 37, were supposed to be the first gay couple to marry in the northwestern state on Friday (21 November).

The couple arrived at Mexicali city hall both dressed in white suits and defied the dozen praying Catholic protesters.

November 23, 2014

'People get divorced. It's a part of life. We don't want it to happen, but it happens'

As it becomes easier for LGBTI couples in the US to marry, one final hurdle remains: the freedom to divorce.

Today, 23 November, National Public Radio did a report on Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham. In 2008, she and her then partner traveled from their Mississippi home to get married in California (when it was legal).

November 21, 2014

City government is mulling an anti-gay hate law

The Seoul Municipal Government (SMG) yesterday (20 November) was forced to postpone a hearing on gay rights after 200 Christian protesters stormed city hall.

The hearing was called to gather opinions for the drafting of a Charter of Human Rights for Citizens in Seoul.

However, experts are divided on whether the law should include a ban on discrimination against LGBTI people.

November 21, 2014

Legal affairs director says public opinion is too polarized

Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice has said now is not the right time to legalize gay marriage.

Lin Hsiu-lien, director of the department of legal affairs, made the comment at a media reception on Wednesday (19 November).

She said public opinion and social acceptance of gay marriage should first be observed, then laws could be gradually formulated that take into account public sentiment and the demands of gay couples.

November 20, 2014

Plaintiff: 'Finally my family is equal in the eyes of the state I grew up and made my life in'

The US Supreme Court has cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin in South Carolina.

The high court denied a motion filed by South Carolina’s Attorney General for an emergency stay to further delay the issuing of licenses to same-sex couples.

A federal judge struck down the state's marriage ban last week in a case filed by Lambda Legal on behalf of Colleen Condon and Nichols Bleckley.

November 20, 2014

Liberal MP Don Harwin says the hardships he had endured as a gay man gave him the determination to pursue a career in politics

A senior Australian politician publicly came out as gay today (20 November) in an emotional speech to New South Wales state parliament.

Liberal MP Don Harwin, 50, said the hardships he had endured as a gay man gave him the determination to pursue a career in politics during the last parliamentary session of the year.

'Life is so different for [young LGBTI people today] than it was for me,' the Sydney Morning Herald quoted him as saying.

November 20, 2014

Donations to the main group campaigning against same-sex marriage in America appear to be drying up as courts continue to rule in favor of the rights of same-sex couples across the United States

The most prominent group in America campaigning against the legalization of same-sex marriage appears to be in financial trouble, with its 2013 tax filing documents showing the organization is more than $2.5 million in debt.

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) only managed to raise $5.1 million in 2013 with over half of that coming from just two big donors.

That figure was more than half what the organization received in 2012.

November 19, 2014

Same-sex couples can begin getting married immediately after marriage ban is struck down

Same-sex couples in Montana don't have to wait any longer to get married.

A federal judge on Wednesday (19 November) struck down the state's gay marriage ban passed by voters in the state in 2004.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris did not issue a stay on his decision which stated the ban was in violation of the 14th amendment of the constitution that guarantees equal protection.

November 18, 2014

Raymond Burke was head of the Vatican's supreme court until last month

Cardinal Raymond Burke has said he would refuse communion to lawmakers who voted for gay marriage, as he did with pro-choice legislators in his native US.

The prelate made the comments on Saturday (15 November) at a Catholic conference on the family in Limerick, Ireland.

Burke refused to comment on his recent demotion and Ireland's upcoming referendum on gay marriage, but said he would have 'issues giving holy communion' to lawmakers who voted in favour of gay marriage.

November 18, 2014

Unless unlikely event that high court steps in, licenses to start being issued to same-sex couples on Thursday

Same-sex marriage in South Carolina came a step closer to reality on Tuesday (18 November) after the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit denied the state's motion for a stay.

Last week, a US District Court struck down the state's gay marriage ban and that set the stage for same-sex couples to begin getting married this week.

Unless the US Supreme Court intervenes, the marriages will begin at noon on Thursday (20 November).

November 18, 2014

Once the leader of a Catholic Church, always a leader of a Catholic Church

Men and women are at the 'root of marriage', Pope Francis has said in a blow to gay rights.

In what is being seen as a huge step backward in the liberal pope's tenure, it looks unlikely that the Catholic Church will support same-sex marriage for years to come.

In an address at the opening of a three-day conference at the Vatican, he called family 'an anthropoligical fact...that cannot be qualified based on ideological notions or concepts important only at one time in history'.

November 18, 2014

Kansas City Union Mission says it will refuse shelter to homeless married same-sex couples who want to stay together, even though same-sex marriage isn’t yet legal in the state

The owners of a privately owned Christian homeless shelter in Kansas City, Missouri, have announced there will be no room in the inn for homeless married gay couples under their roof.

For 90 years Kansas City’s City Union Mission has provided shelter and food for individuals and families who are down on their luck, helping around 500 people each night, but the shelter has now announced that same-sex couples will not be allowed to stay there as couples.

November 17, 2014

Anthony Callea and actor Tim Campbell have been together seven years

Australian Idol runner-up Anthony Callea married his actor boyfriend last week in New Zealand, where gay marriage is legal.

Callea announced their marriage today (17 November) on social media and his Facebook post had 34,000 likes within six hours.

'Happy Monday! It's extra special today as we finally get to share our exciting news..... Tim Campbell and I were married last week!' he wrote. 

'Yep.... he liked it and definitely put a ring on it!'

November 17, 2014

City allows trans people to legally change their gender without a court order

Mexico City has approved a bill to allow transgender people to legally change their gender without a court order.

The Legislative Assembly of the Federal District passed the legislation on Thursday (13 November) by 42 votes to zero. Six lawmakers abstained.

Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera proposed the bill on the recommendation of the assembly's Commission for Attention to Vulnerable Groups.

Jorge Zepeda Cruz, president of the commission, said in a statement that the legal changes were ‘inevitable.’

November 16, 2014

Same-sex marriage is a controversial issue in predominantly Catholic France and has drawn hundreds of thousands of protesters onto the streets

In what is said to be his strongest comment on the issue, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy on Saturday called for the country's same-sex marriage laws to be scrapped.

November 14, 2014

Another senior figure in the church has lashed out at gay people who wish to marry and start families

A Catholic Cardinal in Italy has said this week that gay couples that wish to have children are undermining traditional families and are ‘irresponsible’.

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, who is the Archbishop of Genoa and the President of the Italian Bishops Conference, is regarded as a senior figure in the church.

Addressing a meeting of Italian bishops in Umbria on Monday, he spoke out against same-sex civil unions, saying that they ‘confuse people’, especially if children are involved.

‘It is irresponsible to weaken the family by creating new forms.’

November 13, 2014

State's governor and attorney general vow to continue legal fight to uphold ban

Same-sex couples began getting married in the state of Kansas on Thursday (13 November).

The marriages began after the US Supreme Court lifted the emergency stay it had issued earlier in the week.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, who along with Governor Sam Brownback has vowed to continue the legal fight against gay marriage, had maintained that marriages should only be allowed in the two counties where successful lawsuits were filed.

But marriages were taking place across the state throughout the day.

November 13, 2014

New South Wales follows Queensland and Tasmania

New South Wales has become the third Australian state to recognize gay couples who have married abroad in places where same-sex unions are legal.

November 12, 2014

Stays decision for one week so no licenses will be issued to same-sex couples before then

A federal judge on Wednesday (12 November) struck down South Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage saying it is unconstitutional.

US District Judge Richard Mark Gergel stayed his ruling for one week so no licenses can be issued to same-sex couples before then.

Gergel based his decision on a recent ruling by the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals which upheld the striking down of a same-sex marriage ban in Virginia.